Sip a pint or two of ale at the Blind Tiger Pub and settle in for some ghostly lore. Join US Ghost Adventures and discover haunted Charleston.
Charleston is one of the oldest cities in the United States, dating back to the 1670s when it was a settlement of the original thirteen colonies. Today, it’s a thriving and vibrant city, where you can stroll cobblestone streets and alleys lined with colorful Edwardian architecture and stop in for a drink at the local watering hole.
What remains a mystery, though, is Charleston’s dark and deeply haunted side.
If you need a place to put your feet up, the Blind Tiger Pub is a great place to stop. Here, you can relax with the locals while immersing yourself in some lesser-known Charleston history.
The Blind Tiger Pub is more than just an old school alehouse in downtown Charleston where you can enjoy a pint and some historic ambiance. It’s also at the center of some of the most chilling aspects of South Carolina’s past.
The very name of the Blind Tiger Pub says a lot about Charleston’s past, as well as about its clientele way back when.
Because of Charleston’s seaport origins, some neighborhoods close to the harbor were known for all sorts of illicit activities, namely gambling and drunken merriment. A “blind tiger” described establishments that condoned such rowdy behavior, usually from the sailor crowd.
Though Charleston was one of the first municipalities to put laws in place prohibiting drinking and gambling, the Blind Tiger Pub of today revives the memory of this early reputation.
Though the Blind Tiger Pub only opened its saloon doors in 1992, the history of the building stretches back much further.
An underground tunnel system, which you can enter through a latched door at the back of the building, is a remnant from a time when drinking and gambling were illegal in the city. Those wanting a drink would have to sneak one in one of the tunnel’s many dark nooks.
The local legend is that the ghost of a woman named Helen likes to cause mayhem at the Blind Tiger Pub. She may have been one of those who would lift a pint in the tunnels years ago.
As the story goes, Helen fell off the roof of a nearby building. Passersby dragged her inside in an attempt to revive her. Sadly, the young woman died inside the building, where her ghost remains to this day.
Nowadays, she just likes to play pranks on the bartenders, like dropping glasses off the shelves. Perhaps she is just trying to remind visitors of when good-natured mischief was a way of life for many in the city.
If you’re ready to handle all the chills this pub has to offer and more, join US Ghost Adventures on a haunted tour of Charleston. The Blind Tiger Pub is just one in a selection of haunted spots that will make you question everything you thought you knew about the city’s past.
Since 2013, US Ghost Adventures has offered entertaining, historic, and authentic ghost tours of America’s most haunted cities. We deliver fun yet honest accounts of hauntings across the nation for curious people of all ages. Our ghost stories are based on historical research, but that doesn’t mean they won’t send a chill down your spine.
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